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Lake Sylvia Vineyards
Rte. 1 Box 149
South Haven, MN

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Millner Vineyard, Llc
32025 State Highway 15
Kimball, MN

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Minnestalgia Winery
(218) 768-4917
41640 State Hwy 65
McGregor, MN
 
Carlos Creek Winery
(320) 846-5443
6693 County Road 34 Nw
Alexandria, MN

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Sovereign Estate Wine
9950 N Shore Rd
Waconia, MN

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Milner Hertitage
(320) 398-2081
32025 State Hwy. 15
Kimball, MN

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Buffalo Rock Winery
(763) 682-9463
4527 23Rd St Se
Buffalo, MN

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Post Town Winery And Patton Family Vineyard
2534 Salem Rd. Sw
Rochester, MN

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Alexis Bailly Vineyard
(612) 437-1413
18200 Kirby Ave
Hastings, MN

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Redstone Vineyards
52-471-3824
2725 Shadywood Rd
Excelsior, MN

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New in America: Georgian Sparkling Wine from Bagrationi

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Mike Potashnik Bagrationi 1882 is the best known of Georgian (country, not the state) sparkling wine makers. It used to be that Russia imported a lot of it. But that nasty little war last summer put an end to Russian imports from Georgia, and Bagrationi is now aggressively developing new markets, including the US beginning this year. That’s all to the benefit of the US consumer, who now has the opportunity to taste what most Russians would still like to be drinking.

Georgian Prince Ivane Bagrationi-Mukhraneli began producing sparkling wine in Georgia in 1882 using the méthode Champenoise. Bagrationi is an historic dynasty which ruled the Georgian kingdoms until Russian annexation in the early 19th century. However, Georgian wine-making goes back a long way, eight thousand years by some accounts, and it’s believed the modern word for wine stems from the Georgian word for wine, gvhino.

Bagrationi sparkling wine is made from indigenous grapes—Tsitska, Chinuri, Goruli Mtsvane, Mtsvane Kakhuri and Saperavi—from the best winegrowing regions of Georgia—Kartli, Imereti, and Kakheti. Bagrationi’s tête de cuvée—the 2007 Royal Cuvée—is made from grapes grown in the Kartli region in the Mtkvari River gorge.

The non-vintage Bagrationi sparklers compete very well in flavor and style with Spanish Cava and Italian Prosecco. The vintage wines are more complex and layered and compare favorably with their New World counterparts. In general, these wines are very well made and clean tasting, with medium complexity and a pleasantly dry finish.

Detailed tasting notes on these sparklers follow. For more on sparkling wines generally, consult the i-WineReview Report #14 : The World of Sparkling Wines and Champagne.

Bagrationi NV Classic Brut ($14) 87

This is a very clean sparkling wine made from Chinebuli, Tsitska, and Mtsvane grapes using the méthode Charmat. Lightly aromatic, it has fine bubbles. It is very clean and crisp on the palate, with light green apple flavors. It is light in style, Prosecco-like, and dry, even on the finish.

Bagrationi NV Extra Dry ($14) 87

This is a fairly simple sparkler that despite its name is really quite dry. There are light citrus scents, a creamy mousse, and a slightly off-dry palate with light citrus flavors. It finishes clean and dry. Would make a good, and unique, wedding reception sparkler.

Bagrationi 2007 Reserve Brut ($26) 89

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